About my kind and naive first physics teacher.

In Leningrad, immediately after the War, at the age of six, I communicate mainly with women and I know only one man closely – Pavel Ivanovich, a colleague and friend of Aunt-Zhenya. He is an engineer, the kindest and most delicate person, and for me communication with him is the highest happiness. He gave me a microscope and how much joy it was when we examined insects through it. Amazing sophisticated luxury of the eye of a fly … I also presented a set of children’s locksmith tools, from which I especially adored the hammer, for its superiority I called it Stalin.

I made a bow, and we – somewhere outside the city – shoot upward, timing the time it takes for the arrow to fall to the ground. Then (of course!) We calculate the height of its rise by the formula … How much he told me important … In his engineering activities and in everyday life he was an inventor, and therefore he hung a magnet over his bed … But the creative part of his activities was not recognized by society: he did not have no articles, no copyright certificates. Kindness, lack of ambition and impracticality of ideas ruined him …

Much later, as an adult, I once asked for a visit to Pavel Ivanovich. By that time, he was already seriously ill mentally and with Parkinson’s disease. Knowing about my creative activity, I asked for assistance in the publication of articles. They turned out to be a bunch of original graceful physical texture, but the wholeness and the main idea were paralyzed by schizoid illogicality.

In his most sophisticated article, “New about the flight of birds and insects,” he notes that the melting point of white phosphorus coincides with the temperature of birds during their flight to within fractions of a degree, and claims that in the process of rubbing against the air of feather powder on the wings (which, as I later learned, it really does exist) in abundance, the phosphorus contained in it is easily electrified and charges the bird’s body, and it is the movement of this charge in the earth’s magnetic field that provides the main lifting force of migratory birds. The article is dotted with formulas, bibliographic references, instructions on how to make a stand to test the effect, but not brought to any theoretical quantitative assessment.

My neat doubts (qualitative that it seems that it is necessary to cross magnetic lines and not fly to the south or back along these lines for lift), as well as quantitative ones, that the magnetic field is too scanty to obtain noticeable Ampere forces) were perceived by him as an insult. In the second article, no less exotic in terms of the variety of physical collisions, it was proposed to use trees for stringed musical instruments, depending on the probability of atmospheric lightning strikes against them. I didn’t argue here …

I promised to preserve the material and still keep it in my archives … Thank you for everything, Pavel Ivanovich, and forgive me for not being able to at least partially pay for your kindness and generosity! ..

about this and the like, see also mine: “Colored Memories”


Novysh Petr Alexandrovich

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